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Scrap Happy September

September 14, 2020

can’t believe it is half way through September

how did summer slip by so quietly?

I started posting with the Scrap Happy folks in May 2018

more than 2 years and I haven’t missed a month

but I thought this month was a miss

and then realized the mending I had been plodding along with was perfect

my favorite (only respectable) pair of jeans are old and well worn

unlike my granddaughters I don’t wear or pay an unreasonable sum for factory torn trendy jeans

so when the left knee developed a hole it required a patch

I stitched and dyed a small shibori piece

that’s it on the right – but it looked too bright and new

so, into the scrap bag for some poorly dyed indigo and a handful of thrums

and the offending hole was stitched over

 while having tea with daughter-in-law I stuck my finger through a weak spot – oops!

and had to add another patch

because there wasn’t much of the indigo scrap left a little brightness was in order

but it felt lopsided, so the right leg needed some cheering up

and then the last little scrap of Winnie wanted in

so I stitched him into a pocket

the flap is a cuff from the striped shirt I’ve been using – it already had a buttonhole

so I added a mother-of-pearl button from Mother’s button jar

and now I’m almost embarrassed to wear them

I wonder how much these old jeans would fetch on the streets of Tokyo?

if you want to see what other scrappers are doing here is the list

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean (me),
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin and Vera

18 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2020 12:21 am

    I am very impressed. I’ve never worn a pair of jeans out to the extent they need patching – I obviously don’t work hard enough 😉
    Recently I made a pair of jeans and was very proud of them. I haven’t blogged about them yet as its been too hot to wear them for the photos. Anyway, when they were finished I put them in for a final wash to get the denim as shrunk as it was going to be before hemming them and noticed a tiny hole had appeared near one of the back pockets. I thought of doing a Boro patch as you have done but the jeans looked too new to be patched so I cheated and bought a small iron-on star.
    Wear your work of art with pride.


    • September 16, 2020 10:11 am

      tialys – I like the idea of an iron on star, maybe one day you will work some stitching around it. and good for you sewing the jeans, I’ve never made the effort to do that. Here on the wet coast, where everyone lives an outdoor life, many people live in jeans, Gortex and polar fleece except for work. I just wondered if I was getting a bit old. My 19 yr. old granddaughter told me I have another good 20 years – which would make make close to 100. Oh, the joy of youth.


  2. claire93 permalink
    September 15, 2020 5:48 am

    what a unique pair of jeans you now have! I wouldn’t care what other people thought – just wear them with pride!


    • September 15, 2020 8:30 am

      Claire – they are in the laundry now so will see how well the stand up to the machine. I’m definitely not going to hand wash them.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. September 15, 2020 2:38 am

    There is utilitarian mending and there is applique mending as art. Your jeans manage to be both and I love them. I am almost at the point of finagling a hole in a pair of mine so I have a an excuse (um reason, reason) to do the same. Sadly my saggy baggy old jeans go for gardening and the knees get stained beyond the power of any washing powder to clean before they go into holes and when holes come too I usually give up on them. They all come from charity shops anyway. I haven’t bought a brand new pair for donkey’s years.


    • September 15, 2020 8:34 am

      Sue – these are baggy and have been worn in the garden. I’ve come to the conclusion that I always kneel on my left knee when weeding. At this time I’m not going shopping for anything other than essentials and definitely not trying on clothes – so will just have to keep adding patches.

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  4. September 15, 2020 1:11 am

    You are wearing a veritable work of art.


  5. September 14, 2020 5:09 pm

    Wear them with pride. You’ve made them beautiful as well as useful and comfortable. And what do grandchildren know anyway? They’re only half cooked… They look lovely and it’s a great ScrapHappy project.


  6. Judi bushby permalink
    September 14, 2020 4:10 pm

    Don’t be embarrassed to wear them – my favourite pair of jeans have numerous patches on both legs, inside seams etc and all heavily stitched – my most comfortable and easy to wear. Were once stretch jeans but now all baggy and out of shape but oh so comfortable. Great for walking.


    • September 14, 2020 4:39 pm

      Hi Judi – great to hear from you. These are stretch jeans too, and very comfortable, one of the knee patches flares out like a bubble. Not sure the grandchildren were impressed!


  7. September 14, 2020 11:27 am

    Some day soon such mendings will be valued here!


    • September 14, 2020 11:37 am

      Kjerstin – if the economy keeps going down it will become a necessity and a lot of people will be scrambling to buy a needle and thread – let alone learn how to use them.

      Liked by 1 person

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